Even though the primary purpose of my recent trip to Philly was to see the King Tut exhibit, a secondary objective was to perform a taste test between the two most famous cheesesteak establishments in Philly, Pat’s and Geno’s.
To perform this test, we decided to get “one wit” from each, cut them in half, and then attack each half. For those who don’t know, “one wit” is your standard Philly Cheesesteak with steak, Cheez Whiz, and fried onions.
After eating both halves, I thought they were both very tasty and enjoyable, but I think that Pat’s wins out in the test, not for taste, but for construction. Geno’s steaks are much larger and thicker, and there’s a chance that with one bite, you could potentially pull out a large chunk of steak, thereby rendering the sandwich useless. While that did not happen to me, each bite was taken with a bit of trepidation to avoid that situation. Pat’s was enjoyed a bit more because I could just eat without worrying.
This is by no means my final decision, and I will perform this taste test again the next chance I get. I also plan on trying Jim’s at some point because it was recommended by a Philly native.
Didn’t get to try water ice and a pretzel, but will also try them during a future trip.
After seeing the phobias on this list of phobias, I noticed that my biggest fear was not on there. So, to unite and give identity to all those people out there like me, I propose the following new phobia:
Envelopophobia: Fear of getting a paper cut on your tongue from licking an envelope.
I personally can not lick an envelope from right to left, or vice versa, to seal it. I employ a method whereby I lick from the bottom of the glue strip to the top, then move to the next part of the glue strip, in tongue-width increments, rapidly.
I hope by bringing this fear to light, I will empower those that are with me to stand up and not feel put-down by society simply because we lick an envelope differently.
Here’s a comprehensive list of phobias. Some of my favorites:
Chronomentrophobia: Fear of clocks.
Coprastasophobia: Fear of constipation.
Mertophobia: Fear or hatred of poetry.
Hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia: Fear of long words (why would they make this one such a long word?)
Pantophobia: Fear of everything.
They left out “envelopophobia”. I may have to coin that one.
On Friday I went to Philadelphia and saw the King Tut exhibit at the Franklin Institute Science Museum.
I thought that the exhibit was put together very nicely, especially how it started out with generic pharaonic Egyption objects and moved to his kingdom and then into his burial chamber. The museum also did a good job spacing objects apart and mounting them in ways to provide 360 degree access. They also wrote the object’s description high at the top of display cases, on all sides, so that viewers could read about the object far away, and then view the actual object up close in the limited amount of time they got to stand next to it. I also think they did a good job of putting the objects at a height that most people could enjoy, and that’s coming from someone who’s on the tall side of life. I also enjoyed how they were able to separate the exhibit from the rest of the museum, which, overrun with kids, was quite noisy, and how the lighting and music complemented the objects on display. They also did a good job providing context for each room for those who might not be familiar with the general history of pharaonic Egypt, the story of King Tut, or the story of how his tomb was found.
It was quite fascinating to be standing inches away from an object that is 3,200 years old and might have been worn or held by King Tut himself. The details on each objects were quite exquisite. In detailing, there wasn’t much difference between an object in that room and one that would be made today. I thoroughly enjoyed it and would recommend it for anyone remotely interested in Egyptian history.
My favorite part of the exhibit was not related to the objects, but rather one of the viewers. A mother with a youngish child mentioned to her that there were two more rooms to the exhibit and then asked the kid if she understood that. The kid said, “Yeah, we’re going to go into another room, then into another.” The mother asked the kid where they were going after the second room, and I was expecting something like “the gift shop” or “home”, but when the kid said, “Pizza Hut!”, I had to chuckle.
Whole bee colonies have been lost and no one really knows why. They’re very important to human food supplies, and their disappearance is troubling. Scientists are doing bee autopsies, DNA checks, checking for disease, etc. One said:
This is like C.S.I. for agriculture
Ian’s Shoelace Site might just be the most comprehensive site about shoelaces. Also the most interesting site I’ve found about a subject I’m not interested in. Lost myself in there for over an hour. Probably won’t tie my shoelaces any differently, though.
I found something the other day that’s a little annoying about the Mac. Since I only reboot once in a great while, usually when a security update forces me to, which isn’t very often, upon each reboot I am usually confronted by a lot of my software notifying me that updates are available, which causes me to spend the next little while downloading and installing said updates.
I’ve gone weeks, even months between reboots and also between application launches, and am annoyed when some applications have gone through five or more updates, mostly bug related updates, that I was not aware of.
This is not a problem with the Mac, per se, but rather with some of the automatic software checking libraries that are used. In fact, I blame lazy developers. There is a free, open source, library out there called Sparkle that a developer can add to their application to accomplish update checking, and many do. From a quick scan of the documentation, I gleamed that, by default, Sparkle checks for updates on application launch. Upon further quick glances, I further gleamed that it seems to be relatively easy for a developer to implement periodic checks, and that said periodic checks could be user configurable. The fact that some developers do not do this is just lazy.
There’s a new winner of the “Not My Job” contest. I shouldn’t believe it, but it’s gotta be true. Even worse than the past winner. (via)
Tall people make more money compared to short people, and Harvard economics professor Greg Mankiw argues they should be taxed accordingly.
Should the income tax system include a tax credit for short taxpayers and a tax surcharge for tall ones? This paper shows that the standard utilitarian framework for tax policy analysis answers this question in the affirmative.
I say we already are. Big and tall clothes sometimes cost more than average height clothes. Make sure you read the full PDF of the paper. Very tongue-in-cheek. For the record, I’m 6’6”.
Kongo Gumi, a Japanese temple building company that has been family owned for 14 centuries, had to close. It was bad real estate investments that killed the beast.
To avoid a similar demise, evolve as business conditions require, but don’t get carried away with temporary enthusiasms and sacrifice financial stability for what looks like an opportunity.
In other words, “Greed, for lack of a better word, may not be good.”
A young girl with a funny accent demonstrates how to make a hot air balloon out of a teabag.
This is pretty useless, unless you want to impress kids on a rainy day.
I’ve had HDTV for about a year now and can say that it is one of the most amazing products technology has brought us, but also one of the most frustrating.
It’s true that an HD picture is great, and at times, breathtaking, but this is also the most frustrating part. In a nutshell…once you see a true HD program, you never want to watch anything in standard definition again. Ever.
Discovery HD Theater (DHDT) is a great example of what is great about HDTV and what is frustrating about it. Basically it has it’s own programming and is not just an HD broadcast of what’s on standard definition Discovery Channel, unlike most HD channels. I love the Discovery Channel and many programs on it, and would love to see some of them in HD, but for some reason, not a lot of their shows are shot in HD, or if they are, aren’t shown on DHDT.
Planet Earth is a special series that is broadcast on both Discovery and DHDT and it’s fantastic. In the most recent episode they showed a great series of shots of angel falls, and they were absolutely breathtaking in HD.
Discovery Channel shows “Dirty Jobs” and “Deadliest Catch” should be broadcast in HD if they can be. “American Chopper” is broadcast in HD…does it need to be? The main difference between the shows is that “American Chopper” is mostly shot in a controlled environment whereas the other two are shot in various and, in the case of “Deadliest Catch”, harsh environments and it might not be possible to shoot in HD all the time.